Few sights evoke the American West more than the saguaro cactus, found only in the Sonoran Desert. Saguaro National Park, close to the urban center of Tucson, Arizona, protects these majestic cacti. At the park, you can hike through fantastic desert scenery year-round. #Sunset photo courtesy of David Olsen.
After another few weeks away we are back with a vengeance and with some
Maxfield Parrish. Born in Philadelphia in 1870
Parrish entered into the arts early, learning techniques from his artist father, Stephen Parrish. A bulk of
Maxfield’s career was spent illustrating fairy-tales, nursery rhymes, magazines and advertisements. By the 1920′s he abandoned commercial art and began painting for himself. In his own words: “I’m done with girls on rocks! I’ve painted them for thirteen years and I could paint them and sell them for thirteen more. That’s the peril of the commercial art game. It tempts a man to repeat himself. it’s an awful thing to get to be a rubber stamp. I’m quitting my rut now while I’m still able.”
Bierstadt was a German-born American painter best known for his dramatic landscapes
of the American West. To paint the scenes, Bierstadt joined several
journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to
record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes
for the remainder of the 19th century.
in Germany, Bierstadt was brought to the United States at the age of
one by his parents. He later returned to study painting for several
years in Düsseldorf. He became part of the Hudson River School
in New York, an informal group of like-minded painters who started
painting along this scenic river. Their style was based on carefully
detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes
called luminism. An important interpreter of the western landscape,
Bierstadt, along with Thomas Moran, is also grouped with the Rocky
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